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Men always want some advice on the latest trousers which are in trend. Sapna Sarfare finds them out for the guys

The deal breaker for men is finding that perfect pair of trouser which are comfortable yet stylish. Of course, the guys would love to know the latest trends in trousers for admiring looks. Asking the designers to help us in this case is just apt.

Things to look in it
When looking for trousers, know certain things to avoid struggle. Pranav Pandey, designer at the popular brand John Players, wants men to live by three rules – Cut, Material and Style. “Little does one realise, trousers serve as an anchor, for the rest of the outfit. They determine if your body appears tall or short. A high rise with a long, straight leg will make you appear taller while a wide legged fit will make you appear shorter. Lightweight summer fabrics works best as they need to breathe too.”


Kabir Mehra and Samarth Hegde, founders of Herringbone & Sui – India’s premier made-to-measure experience for luxury menswear, are on the same page. “Fabric is undoubtedly the most important aspect which dictates how the garment will look, fall, breathe and age. For formals, higher thread count wools sourced from the Biella region of Italy fall gracefully and can be practically weightless. The point at which the hem of a trouser sits or breaks can change the entire look of an outfit. Recently, shorter trousers have been in vogue allowing for the wearers socks to peek from underneath.

Of course, playful socks add the necessary mischief. The angle, at which a trouser balance is set or rises, is perhaps the most important element in dictating how the trouser will fall. If it does not suit well, he may constantly be pulling his trouser up from the back or the front and every time the waistband is not sitting at the accurate height, the crotch will drop and the rest of the trouser will wrinkle. Men should reconsider the requirement of waistband loops. A suit without a belt breaking the look around the waist creates for a seamless and more elegant look. If looking to tighten or loosen the trouser, opt for waistband adjusters on either side of the waistband.”

Avoid mistakes
Of course, many lose their sensibility tag while shopping for clothes and pick the worst thing for them. Kabir discloses, “While slim cuts suit some gentlemen, classic straight cuts suit others. If you are a rugby player with muscular thighs, avoid slim cut trousers as the sudden change in look from your thigh to your calf may ruin the silhouette. Ensure your shoe laces are never covered by the trouser. If you opt for a shorter trouser length, ensure that there is never a gap between your trouser hem and the top of your sock. No two fabrics are the same. Hence, a gentleman should never assume that all fabrics will fit, fall and breathe in the same way. While natural fibres breathe, synthetic fabrics do not. Hence, in a tropical climate, avoid synthetic fabrics or blends.”

Pranav reveals, “Trousers aren’t supposed to be too tight. They should fall comfortably. Your trousers (whatever the style) should only ever touch the tops of your shoes.”

That’s the trend
The designers have a kitty full of suggestions on the latest trends for your wardrobe. Pranav suggests, “Trend shows a huge acceptance for chinos in shades of greys, with khakis being the most workable. Washed look chinos work with almost every casual top further enhances the look. Also, you cannot let the summers go without the perfect collection of linens in the wardrobe. Shades of whites to greys, the cotton linen blends with all colours and make the torrid summers cool. A new variant geometric/floral print where the motif is tonal to the base colour, making the fabric looks brilliant with the play of opacity. They are as good as solid from a distance.”

Samarth too has seen tailored cotton-stretch chinos become hype. “They come in playful summer colours, are comfortable in all climates, easy to maintain, and accommodate for a little stretch for most day-to-day activities. All chinos would pair well with a white shirt. Most others would go with a lemon yellow, light green or baby pink. For evening resort wear, consider salmon chinos with a black shirt.”

Runway attractions
Runways showcasing the latest designs are the best way to know any trend. Kabir speaks about a comfortably tailored, flannel-based trouser which features bold diagonal rugby stripes created by Moncler Gamme Bleu. Pranav further tells, “Woven Joggers are going to be big this season. Not abiding just by the predictions of the silhouette, but also the translation of voluminous shapes that find a better way of getting fitted into the joggers. Another that caught my eye is the cargo with slim leg looks thoroughly modern and relevant as it goes well with street wear as well as the floral.”

on your accessories
Just a few simple accessories can make the attire look so much fashionable. Pranav suggests, “For belts, the pranks of school time lighten up the moment with university checks, varsity solids and micro playful prints. It’s the time to sport your mischief and score more with a back to school wardrobe.” Samarth suggests H&S embroidered smoking loafers which can be paired with almost every look. “The base fabrics for them can be selected from velvet, linen and silk. Thereafter, you may select from a range of trims and over 50 motifs, which can be embroidered onto the shoes to make them unique.”

(PHOTO CREDIT: Herringbone & Sui)